2013 Connacht Senior Football Championship

The 2013 Connacht Senior Football Championship was that year's installment of the annual Connacht Senior Football Championship held under the auspices of the Connacht GAA. It was won by Mayo who defeated London in a final, which, historically, was the Exiles' first time to reach a provincial decider.[1]

London's appearance in the Connacht final followed a remarkable turn of events. Having not won a Connacht championship match since 1977, they first overcame Sligo in their quarter-final meeting.[2][3][4] They then secured a draw against Leitrim in the semi-final in Carrick-on-Shannon before winning the replay in Roscommon. Following that victory and with a first ever Connacht final ahead of them, the city's mayor Boris Johnson sent “Huge congratulations to the London team as they continue on with their historic march towards this year's Connacht Senior Football Championship Final. Regardless of the result against Mayo, London can be proud of their mightily impressive achievements this year. They travel to Castlebar on their momentous quest for victory with best wishes from me and all London fans. Go London!”.[5]

Mayo, on the other hand, had contested the previous year's All-Ireland Final and were extremely convincing on their march to the final. They humiliated their traditional rivals Galway in the quarter-finals, beating them comfortably in their own grounds. Galway had two players sent off and the game ended 4-16 to 0-11. Their next match saw Mayo face Roscommon in the semi-finals, a team who had run them close in the 2011 Connacht final two years earlier. This year, however, Mayo were winners by a much greater margin, beating them 0-21 to 0-09 in McHale Park.

In the end Mayo proved too much for London, winning the J. J. Nestor Cup, and automatically advanced to the quarter-final stage of the All-Ireland. This was Mayo's 45th Connacht title, and saw them overtake Galway on 44. They progressed to the 2013 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final. London entered the final round of the All-Ireland Qualifiers and headed to Croke Park for the first time, where they lost to Cavan.[6]

BracketEdit

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
New York 0-7  
Leitrim 4-19     Leitrim 1-13  
Sligo 0-14     London 2-11  
London 1-12       London 0-10
          Mayo 5-11
        Roscommon 0-9
Galway 0-11     Mayo 0-21    
Mayo 4-16  

Quarter-finalsEdit

Quarter-Final
New York0-7 - 4-19Leitrim
J. Kelly 0-02, C. Molloy, C. Lynam, M. Annett, J. Burke, R. Woods 0-01 each Report E. Mulligan 3-07, R. Lowe 1-01, J. Glancy 0-03, T. Beirne, B. Brennan 0-02 each, W. McKeon, D. Sweeney, G. Hickey, K. Conlon 0-01 each
Referee: Martin Higgins (Fermanagh)

Quarter-Final
Galway0-11 - 4-16Mayo
M. Meehan 0-05, D. Cummins, S. Armstrong 0-02 each, P. Conroy, S. Walsh 0-01 each Report C. O'Connor 0-06, E. Varley 1-03, D. Vaughan 1-01, C. Carolan, A. Moran 1-00 each, A. Dillon 0-02, L. Keegan, A. Freeman, R. Feeney, D. Coen 0-01 each
Attendance: 16,233
Referee: Marty Duffy (Sligo)

Quarter Final
London1-12 - 0-14Sligo
L. Mulvey 1-02, M. Gottche 0-04, C. McGee 0-03, P. McGoldrick, B. Mitchell, S. Kelly 0-01 each Report M. Breheny 0-04, T. Taylor, C. Harrison 0-03 each, A. Marren 0-02, N. Murphy, P. Hughes 0-01 each
Referee: Padraig O'Sullivan (Kerry)

Semi-finalsEdit

Semi-Final
Roscommon0-9 - 0-21Mayo
S. Kilbride 0-03, E. Smith 0-02, K. Higgins, C. Devaney, K. Mannion, D. Smith 0-01 each Report K. McLoughlin 0-05, A. Freeman 0-04, C. Boyle, D. Coen 0-02 each, K. Higgins, L. Keegan, D. Vaughan, A. O'Shea, R. Feeney, E. Varley, A. Dillon, A. Moran 0-01 each
Referee: Michael Duffy (Sligo)

Semi Final
Leitrim0-13 - 2-7London
K. Conlon 0-03, P. McGowan, B. Brennan, D. Sweeney 0-02 each, E. Mulligan, P. Brennan, R. Lowe, J. Glancy 0-01 each Report L. Mulvey, S. Kelly 1-01 each, D. Traynor, S. Hannon, M. Gottsche, P. McGoldrick, C. Magee 0-01 each
Referee: Barry Cassidy (Derry)

Semi Final Replay
London2-11 - 1-13Leitrim
L.Mulvey 0-05, C.McCallion 1-01, G.Crowley 1-00, E.O'Neill, T.Gaughan 0-02 each, C.Magee 0-01 Report K.Conlon 0-08, J.Glancy 1-00, R.Lowe 0-03, B.Brennan, E.Mulligan 0-01 each
Attendance: 5,217
Referee: Cormac Reilly (Meath)

FinalEdit

Final
London0-10 - 5-11Mayo
L Mulvey 0-7 (6f), D Dunleavy 0-1, S Kelly 0-1 (1f), P McGoldrick 0-1 Report C O'Connor 3-3 (1 pen, 2f), A Freeman 1-2, D Coen 1-0, K McLoughlin 0-2 (1f), L Keegan 0-2, A Moran 0-1, R Feeney 0-1
Attendance: 21,274
Referee: Conor Lane (Cork)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stevens, Rob (19 July 2013). "London GAA ready for historic Connacht Gaelic Football final". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  2. ^ "London shock Sligo to secure first Connacht SFC victory since 1977". The Score. 26 May 2013. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  3. ^ "London dump Sligo out of Connacht". RTÉ Sport. RTÉ. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "London end 36-year wait for Connacht championship glory". The Irish Times. Irish Times Trust. 26 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  5. ^ "Boris Johnson won't attend Connacht final". The Irish Times. Irish Times Trust. 1 July 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  6. ^ Kelly, David (27 July 2013). "Cavan stutter past London to make final eight". Irish Independent. Independent News & Media. Retrieved 27 July 2013.

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